A stellar performance by Britain’s Rachel Cawthorn saw her qualify for the 500m women’s singles final in the Olympic canoe sprint regatta at Dorney lake today.
In fifth place at hard way, she came through to finish second, enough to make the final.
The GB women’s K2 of Abby Edmonds and Louisa Sawers was knocked out in the semi-final. They were 7th placed in the semi-final.
GB Canoeing’s official Twitter feed indicated that the pair had not expected to qualify: “Abby said she was realistic about their chances in this race & that they both just wanted to do the best they could for the team & GB….
GB Canoeing added: “Shame for Abby & Louisa but we’ve got four out of five boats in an Olympic Final!”
Sawers goes again the women’s K4 final, having qualified yesterday. The K2 was the only race Abby Edmonds was picked for, she was a recent addition to the team as a result of Britain belatedly winning another seat as host nation, enabling it to enter the K2 crew.
Meanwhile, there was an enormous mass grouping of Royal Canoe Club members adding huge weight to the highly voluble crowd at Dorney. James Clark proudly tweeted a photograph with Zoltan Kammerer, stroke of the impressive Hungarian men’s K4 (pictured).
And there was a press mention for our very own Jonathan Boyton, who narrowly missed out on Olympic selection and whose Tweet got widely picked up yesterday (also pictured). He remarked: “As a wise man has just pointed out ‘look Boyton, who says you need to be competing to make the Evening Standard’.”
(Picture credits: Jon Boyton and James Clark via Twitter)